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Dr. Thomas Schmitt - Research group on chemical ecology and evolutionary biology

Uni- Freiburg



Xenia Steinbach
Diploma/Master student

Human pheromones - the effect of "copulins" on men`s testosterone levels and social behavior

Xenia Steinbach
 Christin Wurmitzer
Diploma/Master student
Olfactory preferences in dung beetles (Scarabaeoidae: Geotrupidae & Scarabaeidae) Christin Wurmitzer

Mareike Wurdack
PhD student

Antagonistic selective pressures in the evolution of species specific cuticular hydrocarbon profiles in solitary Hymenoptera Mareike Wurdack

Former Members - Alumni

 Jan Jansen
Nestmate recognition and inbreeding avoidance in a bumblebee, Bombus terrestris (Hymenopotera: Apidae) 2012
 Jochen DrescherJochen Drescher
Ecology and population genetics of the invasive Yellow Crazy Ant Anoplolepis gracilipes (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) 2011
 Marc Friedrich
A comparative study on male marking pheromones in the digger wasp genus Cerceris (Hymenoptera: Crabronidae) 2011
 Verena Kasper
Prey identification in the polyphagous digger wasp species Cerceris sabulosa (Hymenoptera: Crabronidae) 2011
 Cornelia Rüdiger
Host location in Trichogramma cacoeciae (Hymenoptera, Trichogrammatidae) 2011
 Jan Buellesbach
Dept of Entomology - NCSU;
100 Derieux Place;
2301 Gardner Hall; Raleigh,
NC 27695-7613
Chemical communication reflects incomplete prezygotic reproductive isolation in the parasitoid wasp Nasonia - from phenotypic to genetic architecture 2011
 Marie Christine Melchior Potential influence of insect lifestyles on the cuticular profile: A comparative study on social, solitary and parasitic Halictinae (Hymenoptera, Halictidae) 2011
 Sebastian Vetter
Species-specific mate discrimination based on cuticular hydrocarbon differences in parasitoid waps of the family Pteromalidae (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea) 2011
 Irene Giordani
Mating strategy and chemical communication in the monogamous digger wasp Stizus continuus 2010

Sara Leonhardt Sara Leonhardt

Resin collection and use in stingless bees

 Felix Echinger Species specific mate preferences in Nasonia (Hymenoptera, Pteromalidae) 2010
 Karin Brandt Differences in female preference for species specific male sex pheromones in Nasonia (Hymenoptera, Pteromalidae) 2009
 Jana Bühler The function of cuticular hydrocarbons in the invasive ant Anoplolepis gracilipes (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) 2009
 Sonja Zeilhofer Terpenes and their importance for stingless bees as kairomones for finding resin 2009
 Florian MenzelFlorian Menzel

Institute of Zoology;
Dept. of Evolutionary Biology;
Joh.-von-Müller-Weg 6; 02-225;
55128 Mainz

Mechanisms and adaptive significance of interspecific associations between tropical ant species 2009
 Johannes Gowin
Sex specific cuticular hydrocarbon as well as transport and perception of hydrocarbons in Bombus (Hymenoptera, Apidae) 2009
 Magdalena Daum Application of Trichogramma cacoeciae (Hymenoptera, Trichogrammatidae) against Lobesia botrana (Lepidoptera, Tortricidae) in vineyards – a field study on the influence of sulfur on the egg parasitoid 2009
 Christopher Greim Prezygotiv hybridisation barriers in Nasonia (Hymenoptera,  Pteromalidae) 2009
 Tamara Pokorny Trail sharing in tropical ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) 2008
 Barbara Kagerer Host location in Trichogramma cacoeciae (Hymenotpera, Trichogrammatidae) – influence of plant synomones and sex pheromones 2008
 Cordula Neumann Species specificity of cuticular hydrocarbons in Bombus (Hymenoptera, Apidae) 2008
 Christian Hanner Male sex pheromones in Nasonia (Hymenoptera, Pteromalidae) – a prezygotic hybridisation barrier? 2007
 Sven Kurz Prey identification in Cerceris sabulosa (Hymenoptera, Crabronidae) - a polyphagous Hymenoptera hunter 2007
 Katharina Zechner Species and kin recognition in Bombus (Hymenoptera, Apidae) – chemical composition of gland content and cuticular lipids in males as well as mate choice in queens 2007
 Stephanie Guyaz Fertility signals in Bombus terrestris (Hymenoptera, Apidae) – influence of ovary maturity in workers on the chemical composition of gland content 2007

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